I wear an 11W shoe. Yep, ELEVEN WIDE! I know, I know. Huge feet! Like my tall body, I think my feet had to be big because I have lots to do in life and I need adequately sized feet to get me there. That's my optimistic self.
Now, realistic self has to tell you how unbelievably difficult it is to find freaking shoes that fit, and fit comfortably. Hence a post about breaking in shoes.
I got new, pretty, mint flats that have been sitting in the box because I just loathe the breaking in process. So when I got home today, I thought, "Today is the day, mint flats!" Here are my easy three tips for breaking in shoes:
blisters suck. So, I try to avoid them at all costs, especially because I
walk alot in my job. So initially I wear them in short spurts. I'm talking 2-3 minutes. Just like exercise, I increase the wear time little by little. And because I can't really buy shoes in the store (see my opening statements about my giant Yeti feet), I am often taking a risk on an shoe from an online store. That initial wear can be so deceiving because most shoes don't hurt at first. Hence, little by little, aquatint yourself to those puppies!
2 When the rare occasion of new shoes happens in my life, I always wear them around the house for those short spurts mentioned in tip one.
Recently I wore a shinny, new pair of nude snake skin pumps to fold and
put away laundry. Hubster was curious because I was also rockin' a
t-shirt and gym shorts... so I looked super classy! Ha! But wearing them
around the house in little spurts can really help your shoes loosen up, and your
feet get use to the new shoes... and when/if they start hurting, just trade them out for your slippers!
3 I always wear socks with my new shoes, if they'll fit. Flats can be tough, because usually they fit a little tighter. But with pumps, I always wear socks as I implement steps one and two. It gives an added layer of protection from blisters, and helps stretch shoesies just enough to more comfy!
I think these tips are pretty easy, and they've really saved my feet!